Cape Kidnappers New Zealand. Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay, NZ.
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers marks the end of the Hawkes Bay at its southern-most point, 20km out of Napier. 100m tall jagged rock formations protrude from the ocean at the end of the 8km peninsula.

The peninsula's European history started when Captain Cook first sailed the area in 1769. Believing his Tahitian cabin boy to be a prisoner in need of rescue, local Maori kidnapped him from the explorer's ship, earning the cape its name.

Cape Kidnappers is most famous for the world's largest, most accessible Gannet colony. Tours run regularly to this plateau sanctuary and give you close-up views of these incredible birds nesting. The Plateau also showcases stunning panoramic views over the bay.

The coastline is formed by spectacular geological cliff formations, with rugged beaches below and a world famous golf course above. Take an enjoyable scenic walk or bike ride along the remote coastline while the distinct cliffs tower above you. The Black Reef gannet colony can also be viewed from the beach.

The Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, one of over 20 in the region, is rated in the top 50 golf courses in the world. The course is located on the Cape's northern cliff-edge, and looks out across the whole of Hawkes Bay, with stunning views over Napier to the mountain ranges beyond and across 80km of the Pacific Ocean towards the Mahia Peninsula.

And for those who are wondering about the cabin boy, when Captain Cook's crew opened fire at the Maori waka (canoes), he jumped overboard and swam back to his ship.

Featured Cape Kidnappers Tours

Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours & Napier Wine and Brewery Tours

Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours & Napier Wine and Brewery Tours

City Tour - Napier - Starting from NZ $55.00 per person

Fully guided scenic and Art Deco tours in and around Napier City and the greater Hawkes Bay. With beautiful public gardens, historic wineries and world class wine tastings, wonderful scenery and a the fabulous Art Deco central city and suburbs. We invite you to come and discover one of New Zealand's best kept secrets with us! More...

Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Swim with Dolphins - Picton - Starting from $165.00 per person

Swim near wild dolphins in the calm sheltered waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds on this half-day tour. Qualified guides will be there to make sure you (and the dolphins) have an enjoyable and safe experience. They will also help you spot some of the five species of dolphins that frequent the waters of the Sounds. The Department of Conservation full permits allows you to seek out and experience with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds. With guidance from your tour... More...

Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

Sightseeing Cruise - Havelock - Starting from $125.00 per person

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, with this indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise. The cruise features freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine/food match. Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard our luxury launch MV Spirit on this half-day tour, departing Havelock. Learn about local history, visit a mussel farm and take in the... More...

Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim

Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim

Private Tour - Blenheim - Starting from $695.00 per person

An experienced local chauffeur/guide will take you on an exciting wine and gourmet experience on this private, full-day tour from Blenheim. You will enjoy stunning scenic views of the Marlborough wine region and taste the sensational wines and seriously delicious gourmet treats and cuisine. Your interests are the priority for the day and can also include the Heritage air museum, award winning gardens, local producers of crafts and talented artisans. Your tour is custom made especially for... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Valley and Buried Village

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Valley and Buried Village

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $220.00 per person

Journey to Whakarewarewa — the Living Maori Village, where descendants of the people displaced by the eruption of Mt. Tarawera still live. This full-day shore excursion from the Port of Tauranga takes you to the geothermal valley for a guided tour and Maori cultural performance. Continue with a visit to the buried village of Te Wairoa and cruise on Lake Tarawera. Travel in a luxury Mercedes vehicle to the Whakarewarewa Valley, with roughly 2 miles (3.3 km) of walking over hard-packed gravel... More...

Quest NapierQuest Napier - Apartment, Hotel - City.

A charming Spanish Mission, modern fitted building located in the town centre and only 5 minutes walking distance from...

Half-Day Self-Guided Hawkes Bay Coastline and Wineries Cycling TourHalf-Day Self-Guided Hawkes Bay Coastline and Wineries Cycling Tour - Bike Tour - Napier. Starting from $40.00 per person.

Cycle some of the best trails in Hawke's Bay on this half-day self-guided tour. It’s a 40km (25 mile) loop leaving...


New Zealand - Auckland - Bay of Islands - Rotorua - Wellington - Christchurch - Queenstown - Fiordland - Accommodation - Activities & Tours - Bus - Car Rental - Events - News - Virtual Tour - NZ Guide Book - Slide Show - Search